12 Awesome Mac Apps For Designers

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Apple products with Mac OS X operating system are quite popular among designers and digital artists. So today I have collected 12 awesome mac apps for designing purposes. Most of them are for processing images and editing pictures but you will also find tools for productivity, time management, screen recording, reading, planning as well as coding apps in case you are a web designer. Some of these apps are available for free but most of them will cost you money, but hey it is not so bad to pay few dollars for a high-quality product and achieve amazing results after.

What do you think about these apps? Which is your favorite one? Share your opinion in the comments section below. And if you are looking for even more mac apps for designers, please also check out our article about 10 Useful Apps for Designers on Design Woop.

Alfred 4

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This is a great app for collaboration, creativeness, and prototypes. It has a powerful vector editor, intuitive interface, and lightning-fast prototyping.


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Screeny makes screen capturing easy and gives you the freedom to capture your videos or images at any size. You can click & drag to resize the capture area or input the exact pixel dimensions to set to the size of the capture area. All the while you will get instant feedback on the capture area’s current pixel dimensions.


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Beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editing app for Mac OS X


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Download Wunderlist, our free cloud-sync task manager, and share your lists with friends and colleagues.


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MindNode’s focus and flexibility makes it the perfect brainstorming tool. The clutter-free interface lets you concentrate on generating and connecting your ideas, and an infinitely expanding canvas means that no matter how big or complicated your thoughts get, MindNode can keep up.

Sequel Pro

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Sequel Pro is a fast, easy-to-use Mac database management application for working with MySQL databases.


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Patterno is a tiled pattern and background image generator for Mac OS X. It allows to create various images that you may use to design your site, Twitter, MySpace or just to create a new wallpaper for your desktop.


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You design and develop for the Web? Espresso turbo-charges your workflow with the perfect blend of features. Speed through day-to-day edits with extensive language support, contextual completions, powerful smart snippets, and Zen actions.


Griddle is the fast and handy pixel grid generator – perfect for your graphics applications and projects. Step aside, overlay grids – now you can bend, warp and integrate grids directly into your work! And say goodbye to the pain of measuring the effects of filters, such as Photoshop®’s Liquify, where overlay grids aren’t even available.



apps for designersYour invoices should reflect your professionalism. Billings combines powerful features with stylish designs so you can send elegant invoices right out of the box. Choose from any of the customizable templates, or create your own with the built-in WYSIWYG designer. Either way, you’ll send polished professional invoices in seconds.


apps for designersGlyphs’ smart and simple approach helps you draw new fonts, modify existing fonts, and sculpt your letterforms hassle-free.

Posted by Jason Bayless


  1. Thank You ! Fantastic Apps ! Less and Pomodoro are greats !

  2. Rajesh Varma 2012-04-01 at 20:21

    +1 for Codekit, also checkout LiveReload and ProCSSor apps

  3. Very useful article for me. BTW, You forgot BeeFont, It is very good alternative to Fontcase.

  4. I love that you’ve pulled these together. Please add a bit about what they are and how they’re used.

    1. No problem, I have added a little info about each. Thanks!

  5. It would have helped if there was a brief description of function and/or if it’s free or not. I can’t go through all of these just to find out. Maybe some other time. Thanks for the collection, though.

    1. I share Yael’s opinion, but it is a good list. Thanks.

    2. Hey, I added a little info about each. Thanks!

  6. Uhm… you’re not going to mention what the apps are for What they do? Or cost?

    1. I have added a little info about each. Thanks!

  7. Less.app grew up. Now Bryan’s released the awesome CodeKit.

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